5 Best Healthy Meals In A Bowl In NYC

July 28, 2015 6:00 AM

Looking for a healthy option when it comes to eating out in New York City? Here are five places that are serving up hearty and tasty bowls that are anything but a boring salad. By Carly Petrone.

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(credit: Facebook/CookshopNY)

(credit: Facebook/CookshopNY)

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We get it. You don’t have a lot of time in the morning to make yourself a healthy breakfast. Enter Cookshop’s Breakfast Bowl – the perfect meal that caters to the inner health nut that’s lurking around in there somewhere. It may be on the pricier side (one bowl is $16) but it’s filled with all kinds of goodness like kale, spinach, Khorasan wheat berries, sesame seeds, falafel, hazelnuts, feta cheese, walnut oil, nigella, and a sunny side up egg. You’ll be energized for the rest of the day when you start out with this healthy breakfast.

(credit: Instagram/cafecloverNYC)

(credit: Instagram/cafecloverNYC)

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Stop into Café Clover for the Heirloom Grain Bowl ($15) – it just screams summer. Made with a mix of Freekeh (grain made from green wheat), spring peas, asparagus, baby beets, and mixed baby kale, it’s a meal rich with antioxidants and vitamins that your body craves. Plus, Café Clover only uses the finest locally sourced produce and organic ingredients so you know each bite is going to be fresh and flavorful. Pair it with an avocado or berry smoothie ($12/each) and enjoy all that summer has to offer.

(credit: Lexington Brass)

(credit: Lexington Brass)

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Lexington Brass is also serving up a healthy breakfast bowl ($14) filled with grains, berries, and some of the season’s freshest ingredients. Spice up your usual morning egg order and opt for this tasty bowl. It’s made with Farro wheat berries, heirloom tomatoes, spring onions, toasted sesame seeds, feta cheese, sunny side up egg, and sumac vinaigrette. Treat yourself with a side of Morning Potatoes ($5) or Grapefruit Brulee ($5). Because you deserve it.

(credit: dimesnyc.com)

(credit: dimesnyc.com)

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Dimes Restaurant has an entire lunch bowl menu to choose from and you can add chicken, pickled salmon, hard-boiled egg, or avocado for just $2.50 extra. If you like hummus may we suggest their Quinoa Bowl ($13)? It’s made with crunchy vegetables, carrot slaw, ginger, turmeric, hummus, mint, basil, and vinaigrette. Another tasty option is the Pickled Salmon Bowl ($14) – butter lettuce, vermicelli noodles, red cabbage slaw, edamame, and kohlrabi mixed with ginger-plum dressing. Sip on a refreshing basil-kaffir limeade ($3.75) or cayenne lemonade ($3.75) and call it a day (at least until dinner).

(credit: Facebook/Sweetgreen)

(credit: Facebook/Sweetgreen)

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If you’re a fan of Mexican roasted corn (“Elote”) then you must try the Mexican Corn “Elote” Bowl at Sweetgreen. This bowl is 560 calories and a bit on the spicy side thanks to the lime, cilantro, and jalapeno vinaigrette that it’s served with. Besides roasted corn, this bowl will make any herbivore happy. It’s filled with organic quinoa and faro, organic arugula, roasted peppers, purslane, goat cheese, spicy sunflower seeds, cilantro, tomatoes, and cabbage. Yum! Also, you might want to take advantage of another summer menu item – the Summer Snap Peas + Mozzarella Bowl. This 465 meal is made of organic arugula and musclun, balsamic-marinated mozzarella, snap peas, pea shoots, red cabbage, and spicy quinoa. It’s all tossed in a flavorful pesto vinaigrette. Does it get any more summer than that?

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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.